American Addiction Centers, HoldSpace, Join Forces to Educate U.S. Schools about Addiction and Mental Health

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Team kicks off nationwide initiative, Project Holdspace, with visits to eleven schools in ten days.

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American Addiction Centers (AAC) and Holdspace founders, Chris and Bobby Bailey, today announced their partnership and the start of Project HoldSpace. Through the partnership, the two organizations seek to tackle the widespread growth of severe mental disorders affecting approximately 20 percent of youth between the ages of 13 and 18. Currently focused on Ohio schools, the first leg of Project Holdspace’s tour will take place between 2/8/2016 and 2/18/2016.

The project comes at a miraculous turn, after Bobby found his twin brother Chris homeless and addicted to methamphetamines. After detoxing with the help of his brother, Chris journeyed across America on foot, reconnecting with himself along the way. The raw and personal experiences of the Bailey brothers, combined with the clinical expertise and excellence American Addiction Centers (AAC) offers in regard to research-based addiction therapy treatment, and mental health services, positions the team to be highly influential in inspiring and educating students, teachers and community members across the country.

“As a whole, American Addiction Centers has the privilege of helping restore young lives every day, but we are looking to do so much more than that,” said Michael Cartwright, chairman and chief executive officer of AAC. “By helping to educate students, parents and teachers about addiction and mental health issues early on, and reducing the stigma that’s often associated with these disorders, we will hopefully begin to see much more healing take place in society and families before it’s too late.”

"There is a lot of pain in the lives of young adults, and with huge budget cuts in education and social welfare, there is less time and money being given to help teenagers navigate the waters of their own thoughts and emotions,” said Bobby Bailey, co-founder of HoldSpace. “We are stepping in to have the conversation about what they can do to try and overcome such obstacles."

About American Addiction Centers

American Addiction Centers is a leading provider of inpatient substance abuse treatment services. They treat clients who are struggling with drug addiction, alcohol addiction, and co-occurring mental/behavioral health issues. AAC operates 18 substance abuse treatment facilities. Located throughout the United States, these facilities are focused on delivering effective clinical care and treatment solutions. For more information, please find them at or follow on Twitter @AAC_Tweet.

About HoldSpace

Bobby Bailey is the co-founder of Invisible Children and Global Poverty Project USA. After working in Africa for most of his 20's he came back state side to find his twin brother, Chris Bailey, addicted to Methamphetamine and homeless in San Diego Ca. For 8 days, Bobby held space as Chris did the hard work to come off of the Amphetamines and step into life again. Chris then embarked upon a pilgrimage, his 3,000 mile journey on foot across America. It took Chris 7 months to walk square across the country, all the while sharing what it means to HoldSpace for oneself and to step into life.

HoldSpace Media Contact:
Bobby Bailey
(213) 324-3425

AAC Media Contact:
Cynthia Johnson
(615) 587-7728

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